UNITED STATES−President Donald Trump appointed former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee, actor Jon Voight, and eight others to serve on the Board of Trustees at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.
Voight, who is an Oscar winner and Republican, has been a supporter of Donald Trump. President Trump awarded the actor the National Medal of the Arts on November 21, 2019. He is the father of actress Angelina Jolie.
Mike Huckabee was a Presidential contender during the 2016 Presidency. He suspended his campaign and supported President Trump and is the father of former White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Other appointees include: CEO of American Financial Group, Carl Linder III, co-owner of Mission Inn, Kelly Roberts, co-vice chair of the Philharmonic-Symphony Society in New York and children’s book author, Karen Tucker LeFrak, Broadway musical producer, Daryl Roth, TCW Group Chair, Marc I. Stern, Energy Transfer Partners CEO, Kelcy Warren, AG Hill Partners,’ Heather Washburne, Arts Philanthropist, Adrienne Arsht. This is the second term for Arsht.
According to the U.S. Code, the Board of Trustees for the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts are selected by the POTUS. Members serve a 6-year term and some board members are automatically appointed by their job titles such as Secretary of State, Secretary of Education. Former members were chosen by President Barack Obama. The newly appointed trustees will serve until September 21, 2024.
In the past two years, President Trump declined his invitation to the Annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony.
The role of the Board of Trustees as described is “to maintain and administer the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, a living memorial to John Fitzgerald Kennedy.”